Premiering today exclusively at CVU is Scott Lucas & The Married Men‘s cover of John McCauley of Deer Tick‘s “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant.” The live cut comes from the band’s third annual Hideout Holiday Music Hour event, which took place earlier this month on December 9th.
The full holiday concert will be in broadcast rotation at the official Married Men site beginning at 4PM on Christmas Eve, where it will remain for streaming for a limited time. The event saw Lucas covering Christmas cuts like ”Last Christmas” and “Run Run Rudolph,” as well as original Married Men compositions. Joining the band on select tracks was fellow Chicago act Purple Apple.
“The whole idea is to have it on in the background while you’re wrapping last minute presents by the Christmas tree or whatever,” Lucas reveals of the broadcast. “It’s meant to be like an audio Yule Log. A companion to your little family get together, perhaps? Or if you wanna listen to it while you sit around getting drunk alone — that’s fine, too.”
Check out the full Hideout Holiday Music Hour broadcast starting at 4PM on Christmas Eve, and find an exclusive CVU premiere of Scott Lucas & The Married Men covering “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant” below.
As part of its A.V. Undercover live cover series, The A.V. Club has posted video of Scott Lucas & The Married Men covering Bananarama‘s “Cruel Summer.” The performance was filmed at Chicago’s Novelty Golf, and comes in advance of the group’s upcoming set on Saturday, August 25th at the Food Truck Social here in Chicago. Watch that performance below, followed by Lucas’ CVU podcast in support of the Married Men from earlier this summer, and his CVU live performances of “Half Blood Moons” and “Heavy Lidded Love.”
(Allison Hagendorf, Scott Lucas, & Jaime Black at Music Garage)
Earlier in the month, media personality Allison Hagendorf visited the CVU podcast at The Music Garage to co-host an interview with Scott Lucas. Now, footage from that interview has posted in the second of two Chicago episodes of AOL’s Signature Sounds program. The episodes finds Hagendorf exploring the Chicago music scene, including interviewing house legend Frankie Knuckles, talking blues with JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, and record shopping with Secret Colours at Saki.
Find those Signature Sounds episodes below, followed by the full Scott Lucas CVU podcast with Hagendorf, and two live Scott Lucas & The Married Men acoustic performances, recorded and filmed at the Music Garage.
(Scott Lucas at The Music Garage – Photo credit: CVU)
This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Scott Lucas of Local H and Scott Lucas & The Married Men, with special guest co-host Allison Hagendorf of AOL’s Signature Sounds! The multi-band frontman comes up to The Music Garage to talk with the CVU podcast and Signature Sounds about The Married Men’s new record, Blood Half Moon, out today. Lucas discusses the album’s desert influence, reflects on the Chicago alternative scene in the ’90s versus now, and shares details on Local H’s forthcoming record, Hallelujah! I’m A Bum.
Stream or download that podcast below, followed by Lucas’ CVU live session performances of “Blood Half Moons” and “Heavy Lidded Love,” performed and recorded at the Music Garage.
ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black and produced by Leyla I. Royale, and recorded out of The Music Garage in Chicago. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.
Scott Lucas & The Married Men Debut First Video With “Blood Half Moons,” Return To Dynasty Podcasts Next Week
With the group’s sophomore record Blood Half Moon dropping this coming Tuesday, June 5th, Scott Lucas & The Married Men have been out in full force in support of the effort. The act just last night guested on Chicago Live!, and before that, played Millennium Park on Monday. Now, Married Men frontman Scott Lucas visits Dynasty Podcasts at the Music Garage today for a special live acoustic performance and CVU podcast interview. The session will also be filmed for AOL’s Signature Sounds program, hosted by media personality Allison Hagendorf. For pictures, updates, and more from the live session and interview, follow Jaime Black and Dynasty Podcasts on Twitter. And look for a new Dynasty Podcasts interview and live session with Scott Lucas to post at this site this coming Tuesday, as well as in the Chicago episode of Signature Sounds once it posts online.
In the meantime, catch Scott Lucas And The Married Men at a free show this Sunday, June 3rd at Logan Square Farmers Market, or, June 9th at Metro (tix). While there, the group encourages attendees to film the song “Heavy Lidded Love” on their smart phones, then submit the footage to the band for possible inclusion in the track’s forthcoming video. And for a Married Men fix right now, scope the band’s hazy new desert-set video for the track “Blood Half Moons” below, directed by Lucas himself. That video follows the frontman’s winter 2011 CVU interview, recorded during the mixing of Blood Half Moon.
Late last month, CVU reported on specifics for the new Scott Lucas & The Married Men record, entitled Blood Half Moon and dropping June 5th through The End Records. Now, a new song from that record has hit the web, via Spinner. The cut is the title track from the group’s new album, said to be constructed following a multi-day dessert drive. Frontman Scott Lucas describes the song as containing ”lyrics full of blood, crows and whiskey.” Hear that selection via the link below, followed by CVU’s podcast interview with Lucas during the mixing of Blood Half Moon. And catch Scott Lucas & The Married Men June 9th at Metro.
Correction: The original title of this feature erred on the track name.
Towards the end of last year, CVU checked in with Scott Lucas during the mixing stage of his group Scott Lucas & The Married Men‘s latest offering. Now, new information about the band’s forthcoming record, entitled Blood Half Moon, has been made available. The album is set to drop on June 5th via The End Records, and was produced by Andy Gerber, with the majority of recording done at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio. Rounding out the effort’s team was engineer Greg Norman and metal-focused mixer Sanford Parker. Speaking of the effort in a new press blast, Lucas discusses the volume dynamic with the group’s more vulnerable aesthetic.
“The more we played live, the louder the amps got. The louder the amps got….you get the idea. After a certain point, we quit fighting it and decided to get chocolate all over our peanut butter,” the frontman states. “It’s not like we’ve turned into Slayer or anything – we’ve just decided to embrace our dark side. And that goes for the lyrics, as well.”
“Even on, what you might call, the prettier songs – we let that darkness creep into the lyrics,” the artist continues. “‘There You Are’ has these delicate three-part harmonies, singing about graves and maggots. It’s like ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ meets the Grim Reaper. For ‘Blood Half Moons’ – which is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a beautiful piece of music – I drove around in the desert for a couple of days and came back with lyrics full of blood, crows, and whiskey. And that dichotomy – the light of the music vs. the darkness of the lyrics – only serves to reinforce each other. It makes the songs seem MORE hopeful than if it was all flowers and babies. At least, to me.”
Find the effort’s track listing below, followed by its cover art, the group performing album cut “There Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)” in the studio, and Lucas’ CVU interview during the record’s mixing session. And catch Scott Lucas & The Married Men live in Chicago on June 9th at the Metro.
Scott Lucas & The Married Men – Blood Half Moon
1. Lover The Lullaby
2. Blood Half Moons
3. Steady Gaze
4. There You Are
5. Old Worries
6. Out Of The Boat
7. Heavy Lidded Love
8. There Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)
(Photo via Audrey Keller)
This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Studio Series audio podcast: Scott Lucas of Scott Lucas And The Married Men! In an interview recorded at Engine Studios during the mixing of the Married Men’s forthcoming sophomore record, Lucas delves into the group’s recent recording sessions, the band’s current heavy country sound, and how recording for The Married Men differs from doing so for Local H. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by video from the interview, filmed and produced by Colleen Mares of The Axis World!
ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black, with video by Colleen Mares of Lewis & Clark and The Axis World. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.
And catch Scott Lucas And The Married Men live, this Thursday, December 22nd, at The Hideout, for the group’s second annual A Prairie Home Companion type radio variety Christmas performance. In that spirit, check out the group performing “Feliz Navidad” and “Hallelujah” below.
In addition to fronting two bands (and occasionally a third), Local H and Scott Lucas And The Married Men frontman Scott Lucas has been keeping active as of late, between the studio and the college radio circuit. In a four-part podcast interview with Chicago South Side college station WXAV, Lucas reflects on the demise of Q101, as well as what he has happening with both of his projects. For the Married Men, that includes working on their sophomore effort at Milion Yen Studios. Speaking about the sessions in a recent statement, Lucas reveals, “We’re making a country-ish, alt-rock record for people who like metal. The shows we’ve been playing since the first record have gotten progressively louder and heavier. And, I think this record reflects that. I mean, we haven’t turned into Slayer or anything. But we’re definitely aiming for something epic here.”
New Married Men productions like “Lover the Lullaby” and “Steady Gaze” have been making their way into the group’s sets over this last year, as well as an uneasy and tumultuous version of “Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold This Body Down),” which was recently connected to Johnny Cash. Hear a live studio version of that cut from the band’s current sessions, followed by the performance from the Married Men’s recent Lincoln Hall set, below.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, Lucas will close out the year playing live when Local H headlines the Bottom Lounge on December 31st for a New Years Eve performance. NYE gigs have become somewhat of a tradition for the band, often performing at venues like Double Door in years past. Like the Married Men, Local H have new material on the horizon, tentatively titled Hallelujah! I’m A Bum. Discover the low and snarling new H song “Another February,” performed live at Metro earlier this year, below.
Come To The Show: Scott Lucas & The Married Men And More: Tonight, Wednesday, September 21st @ Lincoln Hall
(Photo via Audrey Keller)
Tonight, Wednesday, September 21st, a bevy of artists, including Scott Lucas & The Married Men (set to perform new material), Big Science, and more come together at Lincoln Hall for The Jennifer Gustafson Memorial Fund Show. The event will benefit the teenage children left behind by Hanover Park resident Jennifer Gustafson, who was tragically murdered this past August. Gustafson’s children are currently in the care of Rev. Billy Simmons, he of Rev. Billy’s Chop Shop as well as the group US/UK, who also perform on tonight’s bill. In addition to the evening’s musical talent, prizes from Chicago businesses like Belmont Army, Berlin, Metro, and more will be raffled off during the event. Tickets are on sale through the Lincoln Hall site, with the night’s entire proceeds going towards the Jennifer Gustafson Memorial Fund.